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Geranium Argus.

Geranium Argus.
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Copyright: Peter Stoeckl (peter_stoeckl) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1738 W: 291 N: 4005] (11530)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-04
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC-H5
Exposure: f/8, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): My Purple Obsession 2, Anna's Favourites 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-26 9:38
Viewed: 5770
Points: 64
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Geranium Argus.

Aricia eumedon (Esper, 1790)

Geranium Argus
Zwart blauwtje
Brun blåvinge
Modraszek eumedon
Modráčik bielopásy
Modrásek bělopásný
Geranyum Çokgözlüsü
Argus de la Sanguinaire

Family: Lycaenidae

Wingspan: 30 – 32mm

Actually, it was a totally unexpected encounter next to a parking lot. With dark clouds of thunderstorm approaching, we were heading to our car after visiting an exhibition of Tibetian culture at the old Carinthian mining village of Hüttenberg. Taking the shortest way, we crossed a high growing meadow full with Geranium blossoms. There I noticed a few dark brown butterflies drinking nectar unaffected from the approaching rain, a species that I was sure to have never seen before.

Aricia eumedon is distributed from Mongolia, Altai, Tienshan to Turkey, Eastern Europe and Scandinavia. In a few isolated colonies the species is reaching Italy, southern France and Spain.

Coloured dark brown in both sexes, the Geranium Argus may be seen flying in one generation from June into August in extensively cultivated meadows both humid and dry, as long as they are rich with the caterpillar’s feeding plant which may either be Geranium palustre, Geranium pratense or - in dry places – Geranium sanguineum. Caterpillars live in symbiosis with ants.

The feeding plant is also offering the butterfly’s preferred source of nectar, as shown here.

In Austria, as in most parts of Central Europe, the species is confined to a few isolated spots and considered to be severly threatened by extinction from loss of habitat.

> Wings open.


Tom Tolman, Richard Lewington: Die Tagfalter Europas und Nordwestafrikas, Stuttgart 1998.

H. Höttinger, J. Pernerstorfer: Tagfalter. Rote Liste ausgewählter Tiergruppen Niederösterreichs. Vienna 1999.

C. Jonko: European Butterflies. http://www.lepidoptera.pl


SONY DSC-H5, 3072 x 2304 pixel, sRGB, 18mm macro-zoom setting (equiv. 110mm at conventional 35mm SLR), F/8, 1/100 sec., ISO-125; -0.3 bias, no tripod, no flash; 04.07.2008, 15:31.


Photoshop Elements, slightly cropped, downsized to the web, selectively resharpened, levels slightly adjusted.

Thank you for looking.
Have a very good day.

Argus, livius, siggi, Noisette, maurydv, Ozgur70, flashpoint, jrobertop, marhowie, Miss_Piggy, Heaven, jconceicao, phlr, valy67, ellis49, uleko, anel, meyerd, Alex99, gracious, jusninasirun, Silvio2006, RII has marked this note useful
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To uleko: ... plenty of G. sanguineumpeter_stoeckl 1 01-03 12:03
To Miss_Piggy: blossoms ... giving a meaningpeter_stoeckl 1 12-29 04:33
To marhowie: ... two thumbspeter_stoeckl 1 12-29 04:09
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  • Great 
  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-26 9:44]

Hello Peter,
Nice to see that we are neighbours!
Great closed-wing macro of A. eumedon on the flower of its larval host plant. The POV and composition on the flower are superb and the general technical qualities including the fine DOF are first class.
Nice to see this: I haven't been able to photograph this species for some years now though it is widespread in Sweden.
Thanks and best wishes,

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  • Arjun Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 358 W: 7 N: 1237] (7593)
  • [2008-12-26 9:53]

hi peter,
Fantastic picture of this beauty
lovely details in it.

amazing close up, nice natural light and very good DOF, TFS Ori

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  • livius Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 300 W: 0 N: 391] (1525)
  • [2008-12-26 10:35]

Hello Peter
greats the vivid colors of the composition. The butterfly is perfectly in focusing with geranium on a background much neutral that very puts in prominence the depth of the photo. Optimal contrast and clear details.
Happy new year

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-26 10:36]

Hallo Peter,
Ich warte schon auf Frühling dann kommen sie wieder die vielfarbige hübsche Insekte. Farblich sehr reizvolles Bild und sehr ausgewogene Darstellung,
die Komposition und die ausgezeichnete Schärfe auf dem Kopf des Schmetterlings und die wunderschöne Blume .
Grüße Siggi

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-12-26 10:45]

Hi Peter,
Beautiful close up.POV,clear details,sharpness,POV,DOF,3D effect and composition are excellent.
Have a great day too!
Thanks for posting.

hallo Peter
Si zeigen uns schon wieder sooo ein schöens bild, Guten focus auf den kopft des Schmetterlings und auf das Herz der Blume, die zarte Farben und die Komposition gefällen mir sehr gut
Gut gemacht

Ciao Peter,
grazie dei tuoi sempre graditi ed apprezzati commenti, ma grazie soprattutto per le immagini che ci regali, sempre di una straordinaria bellezza. Ognuna di esse è un piccolo capolavoro, a dimostrazione non solo del tuo grande talento, come fotografo, ma anche della tua notevole competenza e della tua infinita passione per il meraviglioso mondo delle farfalle. In attesa di poter ammirare le tue fantastiche farfalle, ricambio gli auguri di un Felice Anno Nuovo a te e ai tuoi familiari.

Colors both flower and butterfly and also bacground is very good.
Clear and good composition..

Es geht einfach nicht schärfer ...
So ein wundervolles Bild - das Motiv so bezaubernd - die Qualität erstklassig - was soll man dazu noch sagen - einfach Perfect!
Danke und liebe Grüße
Sabine - wishnugaruda

hello Peter!
quality and definition in this catch are superlative ..
I like how you have managed so well the
butterfly over to the stamens of the flower and with his spirotromba sucking the nectar
compliments and best wish sERGIO

Amazing sharpness, beautiful light and colour, good composition and very interesting note.

Hello Peter.
Extraordinary picture of this wonderful butterfly!
Magnificent framing and perspective.
The lighting, sharpness and details are excellent.
Congratulations and thanks for sharing this preciousness!
José Roberto

Hi Peter,
I admire your work, and I know how much of yourself you've put into this image..
So it makes it all the more special for me.
I'm so glad I stopped by long enough to offer a "Big Two Thumbs Up" on this one :)

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2008-12-26 21:33]

Just beautiful, Peter. : )
Super sharp details and perfect exposure.
I like the POV and the pose of the butterfly.
The pastel colors of bloom and butterfly are lovely.
TFS, my friend, and Happy Holidays!

Enhorabuena por tan bella composición. Mucha profundidad de campo. Naturalidad en los colores. Encuadre algo cerrado, aunque ello solamente sea mi gusto personal.
Un saludo: Josep Ignasi.

Hallo Peter
Your image stole my heart. There are plenty of personal favourable details that I like when I look at an image. Firstly my favourite colour is present in this image, and you spoil my eyes with two shades of purple namely lavender petals and deep violet anthers of the flower. Further the unopened as well as semi opened blossoms of a flower is something that always attracts my attention. It just gives such meaning and a total different perspective to a photograph containing flowers, and even the dullest flower livens in front of my eyes if I see that aspect. I cannot leave without a comment on your favourite subject – butterflies. Your Geranium Argus is no exception and I can only say Bravo to detail, focus, sharpness, neatness, clarity, composition and all else I did not mention. This is definite one of my favourites, and I thank you kindly for sharing.
Best regards

A beautiful reminder of summer. Great colors and perfect sharpness. Depth of field is perfect. just great stuff...as always.

Lieber Peter!

Ich danke Dir von Herzen für deine Kritik zu meinem letzten Bild und möchte Dir bei dieser Gelegenheit alles Gute zum neuen Jahr wünschen. Ich hoffe, dass es reich an vielen tiefen Emotionen sein wird.

Ich gratuliere Dir auch zu diesem feinen, besonders gefälligen Bild.

Herzliche Grüsse


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2008-12-27 9:06]

Hello Peter,
Very beautiful photo. The combination of flower and butterfly in this composition is wonderful in colours. Great POV. Excellent sharpness, DOF and BG.

Hello Peter,

Great shot.
Wonderful colours with fantastic definition.
Light,focus and sharpness are splendid.
Good notes.

Merhaba Peter,çiçekle ne güzel sarmaş dolaş olmuş.Harika bir poz,ellerine sağlık :)

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2008-12-28 22:27]

Hello Peter, I like these flowers, and I love these little butterflies.
He us very pretty, nice and sharp, and the two go together beautifully

Hallo Peter !
So ein schönes Bild - dieser unerwartete Schmättering sieht toll aus. Er ist sehr gleich zu den blauen die wir in unsere Wiesen haben, im Sommer. Die Details, die Faben, di Komposition, der POV, der BG, alles ist hier perfekt, une mir gefällt auch sehr dis schöne Blume, mit seiner delikate blaue Farbe. Vielen Dank !

Hello Peter,
this is a very beautiful picture, I don't think it could be any better. The exposure is perfect, very nice light and lovely natural colours.
The DOF is almost perfect and with the good sharpness all details are well seen in the whole subject.
Maybe it's one our best even that you a big numbers of beautiful pictures, I take my hat off.
Great work, my friend.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-29 7:35]
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Hello Peter,
This is a splendid macro of this lovely butterfly on a Geranium flower. It is only found in one place down here where there's plenty of G. sanguineum and this reminds me we haven't been there for a couple of years!
Must go there in the summer, I love Geranium flowers so much too! The colours of the flower and the butterfly look so natural and wonderful here and details are very sharp. This is a real feast for the eyes!
Many thanks and best wishes, Ulla

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-29 14:44]

Yet another perfect shot from you, Peter.
The soft light is very flattering and brings out every little detail.
Sharp and clear.
Great DOF.
Lovely colours.

Well done,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-30 12:00]

Lieber Peter,
Zurück in Bern finde ich dieses so schöne Bild von Aricia eumedon. Die Farben sind von grosser Feinheit, ganz besonders das Blau des Storchschnabels. Der Aufbau des Bildes ist auch sehr gelungen. Habe leider keine grünen Sternchen mehr zu vergeben..
Habe auch vernommen, dass der Münchner Maler Emil Scheibe gestorben ist. Er hatte ein Haus in Kärnten. Ich hatte Dir vor einger Zeit schon von ihm geschrieben.
Einen schönen Abend noch und nochmals nur Gutes für 2009
Herzliche Grüsse

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  • Alex99 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4072 W: 133 N: 7096] (23735)
  • [2009-01-04 8:59]

Hi dear Peter.
I do not know what shot is better original one or WS. Both give a complete idea about this fine butterfly and so amazing flower. Your DOF selection is terrific. All details of the flower and its visitor are reproduced and represented fantastically. POV and composition of the shots are blameless. My congratulations and best wishes.
P.S. I am very pleased with your heartfelt comments. They are so dear for me.

Hello Peter,
I always loved your postings with good size and the rich warm colouration in each presentation!
compliment for the fine and perfect exposure and focus in this macro shot!
the sharpness and colour is in top norch!
many thanks for the sharing
take care my dear old friend!

Hi Peter,

To register a flower in this position and the perched butterfly is never easy. You have managed the framing brilliantly with tact sharp focus and fine details. The background is very well silenced giving such a pleasing view.


Ciao Peter, lovely Aricia on a beautiful wonderful colors, fine details and splendid sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

  • RII Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 481 W: 0 N: 895] (2862)
  • [2009-12-13 12:24]

Hi Peter.

Wonderful macro, excellent colors, tones,details,point of view, sharpness and composition.


*smiley tomorrow.

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